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The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991

Bob Dylan

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Album Review

This three-disc box set is what Dylanphiles have been waiting for, sitting patiently for years, even decades. And, even after its 1991 release, it retains the feeling of being a special, shared secret among the hardcore, since — no matter the acclaim — it's the kind of record that only the hardcore will seek out. Of course, the great irony is that even casual Dylan fans will find much to treasure in this three-disc set of unreleased material. They'll find songs as good as anything that made the records (sometimes surpassing the official releases, especially on the last disc), plus alternate versions (including original versions of songs on Blood on the Tracks) and long-fabled songs, from the incomplete "She's Your Lover Now" to songs cut from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. This doesn't just function as an alternate history of Dylan, but as an expansion of Dylan's history, enriching what is already known about the greatest songwriter of his era — after all, every song here would qualify as the best song on anybody else's album. And that's no exaggeration.

Customer Reviews

Great Find!

Though the unfamiliar Dylan songs were daunting, after getting up the courage to buy the set it has turned out to be not the left overs but the unused cream of Dylan's plethora of music. I strongly recommend that every Bob Dylan fan buy this collection!

she's a you

just one track is worth it. #22, first disc. close your eyes, listen...the rest...icing on the bread pudding, some of his best. at least spend the'll sneak into ur dreams

By far the best of the "Bootleg Series"

While Bootleg Series Vol. 4, The Royal Albert Hall Concert, is amazing, this is by far the best of the Bootleg Series releases. If you are a Dylan junkie, there are so many rare treasures on this record that you simply must have. If you are a Dylan noob, then there is no better place to start exploring some of Dylan's lesser-known tracks then with this record. Several of these tracks are simply haunting and will stay with you all day. Buy this record - you will not be disappointed!


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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